Fat Cat Old Bad Cat Barley Wine

Formerly brewed at Fat Cat Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Nanaimo, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
2008: Aged in bourbon barrels. 11.5% abv
2007: Aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. 12% abv
2006: Aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. 12% abv
2005: Aged in bourbon barrels. 10.5% abv
2004: Aged seven months in wine barrels from the Okanagan. 12% abv

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yespr (47113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is dark cheesy and roasted malt. Overripe fruit and pinewood hoppy. Sweet, dark malt, roasted, caramelish and pinewood hoppy. Bitter and roasted malt finish, gradually goine more dry. Bone dry finish.

Ungstrup (38246) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
Bottled. An unclear amber beer with a thick orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with strong notes of hops and caramel, and the flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of grapefruit, leading to a dry bitter end. Nice thick body.

joergen (29007) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits with notes of cookies and hops. Flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and hops.

omhper (25568) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Bottled (2005 vintage). Hazy amber, brief head.Aroma of apricots and apple. Sweet and very malty with thick mouthfeel. Plenty of caramel, some vanilla and grapefruit. Lots of alcohol coming through in a finish with medium bitterness. Still a bit young and syrupy.

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Vintage 2007. Pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of overripe fruit and licorice allsorts. Solid body, a little low in carbonation. Overripe fruit and licorice allsorts. Quite some warming alcohol and a decent hoppiness. 010410

fiulijn (21019) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2016
2016-10-19, vintage 2009, 11.5% ABV, 7 years old, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Cloudy amber color. Mellow malt and vanilla aroma. Sweetish body, vanilla character, toffee, lean mouthfeel; it has a very mild sourness, it’s not unpleasant but it’s out of tune.
Overall, a thinning but good beer.

2010-04-01, vintage 2007, 12% ABV, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Cloudy light amber color, with nice creamy head. The aroma is malty, with bourbon vanilla, milky and cheesy. Malt flavor, sweet, richer than the fresh version, also because the vanilla, even if still present, is less oppressing than the fresh bottle; there is a quite evident nutty touch. The final is sweet, with caramel and a puckery touch, alcoholic too. It’s not my favorite Barley Wine, but pretty solid though.

2010-03-25, vintage 2009, 11.5% ABV, 8-5-7-4-16=40
Beautiful amber color; big creamy head. The aroma is malty, sweet, with maybe too much burbon vanilla for me; creamy and buttery, very light anise seeds and green hazelnuts; everchanging. Strong and sugary body, full malt flavor, light fudge and butter, still some bourbon vanilla, but also a very light and strange acidity. There is a light warmth, but the alcohol is well hidden; the bitterness is comparably low; the final is also a bit nutty, and there is a fig impression. Good, but I’m not fully convinced; I love Barley Wines, but the malt of this one is not rich enough to stand the strong bourbon vanilla.

mcberko (18600)
- Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
650mL bottle, pours deep mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee and dark fruits. Flavour matches accordingly. By far the best Fat Cat beer - very nice barley wine.

Oakes (18594)
- Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 2007: Hazy amber colour. Not much head. Aroma is heavy caramel and oak,with light vanilla...still fun but not as dynamic as last year’s. Flavour, however, is. Wow. Caramel, earth, alcohol, vanilla, wood, bourbon, mushrooms, Cuban sugar, apricot, medjool date...this has depth. It’s like breakfast in Remedios with a 15 y.o. Havana Club. This is the most consistently gorgeous, evocative beer in BC. 8-3-9-4-17 = 4.1

Slight haze. Deep amber colour. The aroma is complex - pear, alcohol, the finest Madagascar vanilla, light bourbon, earthy-caramelly malt, custard, plum...and it just goes on from there. Full body. Sweet - lots of earthy red malts, big vanilla rounding things off, and light pear, peach and plum fruitiness. Finishes sweet, with a gorgeous balance between caramelly, fruity, flowery barley wine and subtle bourbon and a nice bit of heat in the back. A return to form. Ar 9 Ap 4 F 8 P 5 O 17 = 4.3

Bright amber colour. Nose is sweetly malty with accents of wood, vanilla and beef. Big, brawny alcohol leads the way, but more peppery than hot. The body seems more attenuated this time out - but you get the same balance of big English barley wine characteristics and barrel notes. Though in this case, the wood and vanilla from the bourbon barrels is inherently less preferred by myself than red wine. Still a solid beer, still one of this province’s finest efforts, but not the world classic last year’s was. Ar 8 Ap 4 F 7 P 3 O 15 = 3.7.

12% aged in wine barrels. Golden amber colour. Unique and assertive aroma - very winey and massively malty. The flavour is big and sweet. Winey, woody notes meld seemlessly with huge malts. Fruit and wood are everywhere. A stylish and sophisticated brew - an example where time in the barrel is used to accent a beer’s flavour rather than dominate it. Ar 10 Ap 4 Fl 8 P 4 Ov 17 = 4.3

jtclockwork (17102) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to Ferris/vertbaconstrips. 2008 vintage. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose and taste of very light bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak and fruit. Medium body. Okay.

Ferris (16304) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2007 - Oaky, vinous and a bit of cheese. Cloudy copper with a thin beige head. Candied tropical fruit, papaya, maraschino cherries cherries. Not that great.

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